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Computer Structure expands the knowledge on the hardware components that a programmer needs to know to successfully perform her tasks, such as, information processing in a computer.
Computer Structure extends the concepts that have been seen in Fundamentals of Computers. Therefore, we assume that the student has acquired the basic knowledge such as: data representation and numbering systems; the different types of digital circuits; the basic structure of a computer; computer algorithms and programming fundamentals.
The required working environment needs a Personal Computer based on processors x86-64 (Intel 64 or AMD 64) and the Operating System to be executed is Linux of 64 bits. The proposed version of the OS is Linux Mint of 64 bits (based on Ubuntu), but it is available to use others versions of Linux of 64 bits.
The programming languages are: C and assembler x86-64.
Specific Bachelor Computer Engineering
 Competence to identify the computer elements and the functional principles of a computer.
 Competence to analyse the computer architecture and organization systems and network applications.
 Identify emerging communication technologies and their application to design and develop solutions based on information systems and information technologies.
- Ability to analyse and synthesize.
- Problem solving.
- Ability to plan and organize.
- Good written communication skill.
- Critical reasoning.
Any professional career related to this subject will need, at the same time, the knowledge related to hardware. Therefore, the main goal is to learn necessary concepts to understand what a computer is and to be able to develop any professional activity using it.
Unit 1: The computer
Section 1. The computer
Section 2. The Von Neumann Architecture
Section 3. The Harvard Architecture
Section 4. The evolution of computers
Unit 2: Instructions set
Section 1. Instructions set
Section 2. Addressing modes
Unit 3: The processor
Section 1. Organisation of the processor
Section 2. Instruction execution cycle
Section 3. Registers
Section 4. Arithmetic logic unit
Section 5. Control Unit
Section 6. CISC and RISC computers
Unit 4: Memory System
Section 1. Memory features
Section 2. Memory Hierarchy
Section 3. Cache Memory
Section 4. Internal memory
Section 5. External memory
Unit 5: I/O System
Section 1. Basic aspects of the I/O
Section 2. Programmed I/O
Section 3. I/O with interruptions by interrupts
Section 4. I/O with direct memory access
Section 5. Comparison of I/O techniques
Unit 6: Assembly programming (x86-64)
Section 1. Computer architecture
Section 2. Programming languages
Section 3. The assembly language for x86-64 architecture
Section 4. Introduction to the C language
Section 5. Programming concepts in assembly language and C
Unit 7: CISCA Architecture
Section 1. Computer organisation
Section 2. Instruction Set
Section 3. Format and encoding instructions
Section 4. Execution of instructions
Besides, this course will use the following support tools:
1. The necessary software for the final project: Virtual machine (VM) with the operating system Linux Mint (based on Ubuntu) of 64 bits with the necessary tools to perform the practical work. This virtual machine can be executed on top of any operating system already installed in the students¿ computer (Windows, Linux and Mac OS).
2. The required tools will be:
- Text editor (geany)
- Assembler (yasm)
- Linker (ld)
- C compiler (gcc)
- Debugger (kdbg)
The assessment process is based on students' own work and the assumption that this work is original and has been carried out by them.
In assessment activities, the following irregular behaviours, among others, may have serious academic and disciplinary consequences: someone else being involved in carrying out the student's assessment test or activity, or the work being not entirely original; copying another's work or committing plagiarism; attempting to cheat to obtain better academic results; collaborating in, covering up or encouraging copying; or using unauthorized material, software or devices during assessment.
If students are caught engaging in any of these irregular behaviours, they may receive a fail mark (D/0) for the assessable activities set out in the course plan (including the final tests) or in the final mark for the course. This could be because they have used unauthorized materials, software or devices (e.g. social networking sites or internet search engines) during the tests, because they have copied text fragments from an external source (internet, notes, books, articles, other student's projects or activities, etc.) without correctly citing the source, or because they have engaged in any other irregular conduct.
In accordance with the UOC's academic regulations , irregular conduct during assessment, besides leading to a failing mark for the course, may be grounds for disciplinary proceedings and, where appropriate, the corresponding punishment, as established in the UOC's coexistence regulations.
In its assessment process, the UOC reserves the right to: